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Smart leading (with podcast episode #12)

This blog post is a "transcript" of podcast #12. Listen to podcast or/and read blog post.

Have you ever heard the phrase, "you are what you eat?" It means that whatever we put in our bodies, our bodies will tell the truth about us. If we eat junk food and fast food everyday, people are going to start noticing that we are not leading a healthy lifestyle, right? It's not rocket science. Or have you ever heard the phrase, "show me your top 5 friends and I will show you your future?" Both of those phrases say the same thing — that we are what we let into our lives. That can mean, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
As some of you know, I have been a public school teacher for about 20 years now and most times I can tell who the leaders are among my students. They have effective leadership traits that are clear to me and after you've been teaching for some time, you can get quite accurate with who they are. One of the characteristics I observe is who their friends are. Almost 100% of the time, their friends are positive young people who care about their grades and care about their future. They don't start trouble and they don't go around trouble. They care about their future. They're leading the smart way. 

How about you? Do you like who your friends are? Are you a positive friend? Whatever your answers are will determine what needs to be tweaked in order for you to go about your business in doing God's business. God is not going to have us around crazy lazy when He wants us do the things we need to do to get what He wants done. Just think about the book of Esther. Esther became queen, because she didn't focus on hanging out with the other women who wanted to marry the king. Esther connected with the king's assistant and asked him what the king liked. Then she did what was suggested, went on to become the queen, and she became a critical person in saving the lives of many people. Now what if she associated with a bunch of people just to fit in? We may be talking about another story huh? My point is that it takes the right positioning and the right people in order to be a smart leader. Consider that and decide if you need to make any changes or not. It's all about leading smart, which means having the right people around us. That's how we will go to the next level in what God has for us. 
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